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The Harbourside CIC has a board of members founded by Mike Clarke, Stuart Bentley and Barrie Metcalf. We have an extensive board which involves Doctors, business people, professionals graduates and educators who all volunteer their time and expertise to the progress and planning behind the ambitious project. We recently have taken on Hannah Jones as our Marketing Executive, our very first employee. Find out more about The Board.
The money we have had so far has been a combination of funding, private donation and personal donation on behalf of the board members.
The board is keen to offer local people and the wider community to invest in a stake in the project and are in the process of working with professional advisors to develop a company share offer.
Local ownership brings many benefits; companies are more resilient and have greater understanding of community issues and needs, thus ensuring more money remains in the local economy.
By joining Harbourside CIC you will be supplying vital local services and putting your money to use in a socially and community led business.
Find out more about our Funders here.
This is a project created and run by individuals who are local to Porthcawl. BCBC have shown significant support for our cause and this positive liaison with the Local Authority shows that we are cohesive with the Destination Plan for the borough.
As well as endorsing our project, they have provided valuable advice and a Support Officer for guidance and help. They are aligned to Harbourside with their preliminary verbal support.
The proposed facilities for the project are extensive and varied and subject to change but our original ideas include:
Leisure Activities- Waverider, Training Pool and Spa facilities.
Centre for Surfing Excellence- headquarters for the National Governing Body of Surfing in Wales and Welsh Surf Museum.
Health, Wellbeing & Fitness Suites- a range of gym and fitness equipment, oxygen tanks, physio and hydrotherapy.
Coastal Life Centre- ecological and environmental culture/local history, education/research and community learning in partnership with Swansea and Cardiff University.
The Venue- amphitheatre and all weather outdoor performance space/cinema.
The Galleri- innovative display venue for the use of local artists, historical groups and design and technology creative industries.
Conference Facilities- up to 100 person multi-use capacity facilities for use by a wide range of local and visiting organisations.
Y Cabanau- 4 star cabins with high quality mixed accommodation linked to Harbourside events and venue hire- fully inclusive and accessible.
Boat Racks/Storage- supporting the delivery of the refurbished Harbour and increasing the number of visitor spaces and the provision of waste disposal and fuel supply.
Y Gali- quality day time café followed by an evening high quality licensed bistro- supporting local suppliers and procuring local produce.
The Crow's Nest- at the top of the harbour building, with facilities such as a public viewing gallery, a camera obscura and essential facilities for coastguards/lifeguards and other emergency services
We have already created a job for a local graduate who had been searching for a degree-related position for over a year.
If all proposed ideas go to plan we can generate between 50-100 jobs in the quarter from baristas to independent retailers to centre staff.
As well as this we are offering the chance to be a 'Maritime Maker' and volunteer your time to help us with general running of the site as well earlier stages of market research and other duties. We will be reaching out to local schools in the borough to offer this chance to sixth formers and of course anyone else in the town that has spare time.
Find out How You Can Help here.
We have been successful to date with applications and supported grants and are now through to Stage 2 of a funding proposal which would anticipate phase 1 commencing January 2015 also involving further recruitment.
Yes, our whole website is available in Welsh. If you simply click on the downwards pointing arrow in the top left corner and select 'Cymraeg' it will translate the whole site for you.
This was an important feature for us to have, as we strongly believe in preserving the Welsh language and making this information widely available for everyone in Wales to read and share.
Please find all information on our various policies available to download here.